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all aboard all aboard...

Posted by bcnPete , 17 February 2012 · 1,880 views

Update - After almost 2 years, KoL finally has a station building....but not a finished one... :rolleyes:

Have been a bit quiet of late as I wanted to make some significant progress with the building before posting...and here it is...

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Firstly, I know the roof needs toning down...but it does tend to take your eye off the backscene at present... :D

I will just give a concise history of how the station building was developed. You may recall this was Mk II as the plasticard version was too crude so I decided to revert to card and use a series of layers to build up the carcass. A clear plastic body was followed by a postcard thickness layer with the white window frames cut out...that was my last post on it I think. Then followed a series of disasters experiments to apply the wooden cladding. The postcard was scribed with a scalpel to represents the horizontal timbers but the overall look was not so great...as pictured here...

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I tried unsuccessfully to buy some coloured A4 card sheets here in Spain, but gave up as I couldn't match the right shade. So I decided to make my own series of sheets using CAD starting with the white cladding (I have gone for the late 70's period white and grey paint scheme) This was developed and drawn as a 'grey tone' to try and play down the horizontals. This sheet was then spraymounted to white postcard and cut and applied to the facade trimming around the openings as this...

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The next was the lower grey cladding and this needed a few experiments until a grey was settled upon. Bear in mind this 70's paint scheme had three shades of grey, one for the lower cladding, one for the window/door frames and another for the sill detail. I was comfortable with the whole grey thing having spent almost 11 years working with Lord Norman Foster before coming to Spain.

The scribed planking developed above was then reused and various grey backgrounds applied to it and printed but the printer couldn't cope with the greyness and close spacing of the planks, merging everything into a dark grey mess.

So finally I printed out some various A4 plain grey tones and then this was taped to the sheet of scribed planks and using a 0.3 propelling pencil, was scribed to represent the planks as this...

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This was then spraymounted to postcard, cut out and trimmed to suit the lower level.

The next phase was the door and window frames, doors and window sill and for this I again selected upon some colour shades and printed them, mounted on postcard and cut and trimmed them to suit.

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Finally, the roof was developed using the excellent product by Ian (scanman) as seen on the forum here recently by John Brenchley's excellent Tavistock project. These have been cut out and applied using the 1/3 overlap and I really think the time invested is well spent. It does of course look a little too light at present but I will weather it as per Ian's suggestion of using powder form crayons or weathering powders. I have started to add the lead flashings around one of the chimneys as well as some roof detailing. Scalescenes signs have been added where appropriate but its difficult to find pics from that era...without a train stuck in the way... :laugh: Here is a front on view of the station...

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I nabbed 37135 and a couple of Bachmann MK I's to help give it a bit of context and try and give a feel for the progress which I am aiming to try and complete by the end of this month.

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It really needs a large logo tractor to set it off, but in the meantime I have the 24 and 26's to detail and perhaps the 37 can follow.

Pete
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backwaterscotland
Feb 17 2012 18:52
Looking good Pete, I particularly like that view looking up from the water which is very much like Kyle.

Andy
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cornish trains jez
Feb 17 2012 18:53
Hi Pete,

This looks great and it's all come together very nicely. You have inspired me to build my buildings in card on my layout of Par. I also must say, your class 37 looks fantastic! How did you fix on the snowploughs?
Best regards,

Jeremy
Evening Pete,

Blimey. I thought you had been a bit quiet of late?

The station building look superb. The amount of work you've put in to it has certainly paid off. Think Visage's 'Fade to Grey' should be playing in the back ground!

I love the backscene as well. It's got just the right feel about it.

The quayside and water effect has also worked wonderfully. Some lovely detailing as well to set things off nicely.

The 37 looks the part too!

Really pleased to see all this hard work coming together.

Cheers,

Mark
All your attention to detail is paying off.
That looks really good Pete. An original concept beautifully done with great attention to detail. What you need now is a fishing boat.......

Ian
Forgot to say.

All aboard all aboard.......

Not a reference to the KLF surely?
That's some perserverance but the result was worth it.
Don
Station building looks a treat. Your skills with card are brilliant Pete.

Fingers itching to weather it. Enjoy :-)
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PaternosterRow
Feb 18 2012 01:15
Second that with the card skills Pete. It never fails to amaze me how detailed 2mm can be in the right hands. That Class 37 is the real deal - that last picture with sitting above the dock edge and the mountains in the background is a classy lassy (excuse the pun). I too had thought you'd gone a bit quiet - glad to see that you've been hard at it as usual.
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Alex Duckworth
Feb 18 2012 01:57
That looks great, the station building should set back nicely when weathered. I too put in a few years at Fosters and learned to love grey.
Hi Pete -

Looking really good & thanks for the plug!

Regs

Ian
Many thanks all for your kind comments...in more detail...

Looking good Pete, I particularly like that view looking up from the water which is very much like Kyle.


Thanks Andy - And thanks again or all your continued help with photographs/history/information which have been instrumental in the build.

This looks great and it's all come together very nicely. You have inspired me to build my buildings in card on my layout of Par. I also must say, your class 37 looks fantastic! How did you fix on the snowploughs?


Thanks Jeremy - Card is my preferred medium but plasticard has its merits too...all down to what we feel comfortable with I guess. The ploughs on the tractor are Dapol fixed with superglue...and plenty of it as they are pretty delicate. It has been lowered on its chassis but needs a bit of extra work as the pipes and ploughs can get tangled on the curves...

Blimey. I thought you had been a bit quiet of late?The station building look superb. The amount of work you've put in to it has certainly paid off. Think Visage's 'Fade to Grey' should be playing in the back ground!I love the backscene as well. It's got just the right feel about it.The quayside and water effect has also worked wonderfully. Some lovely detailing as well to set things off nicely.The 37 looks the part too!Really pleased to see all this hard work coming together.


Thanks also Mark - I needed to just get stuck into it...and resist posting anything during the lows of trying to develop the cladding. Overall I think the water and backscene are an improvement on before so progress of sorts...need to work on the rolling stock now.

All your attention to detail is paying off.


Hi GWRfan and many thanks for your kind comment...

That looks really good Pete. An original concept beautifully done with great attention to detail. What you need now is a fishing boat.......Ian


Thanks Ian...I did wonder about one...but my water is a tad on the thin side...

Forgot to say.All aboard all aboard.......Not a reference to the KLF surely?


Of course Mark...haven't stopped playing that CD since Andy Y posted that vid... :laugh:

That's some perserverance but the result was worth it.Don


Thanks Don...The Mk I version of the building looks pretty awful in comparison now!...

Station building looks a treat. Your skills with card are brilliant Pete.Fingers itching to weather it. Enjoy :-)


Thanks Mikkel....although the 3 feet rule applies here... ;) Yes, it really needs toning done now...

Second that with the card skills Pete. It never fails to amaze me how detailed 2mm can be in the right hands. That Class 37 is the real deal - that last picture with sitting above the dock edge and the mountains in the background is a classy lassy (excuse the pun). I too had thought you'd gone a bit quiet - glad to see that you've been hard at it as usual.


Thanks also Mike. I also like that shot of the tractor...almost as if you have caught a ferry across and that's what you see upon arrival. I will try a few more of these shots when I finish the layout.

That looks great, the station building should set back nicely when weathered. I too put in a few years at Fosters and learned to love grey.


Thanks Alex...I will have to send you a PM to catch up on all things F+P... :D

-Looking really good & thanks for the plug!


Thanks Ian - It's really a great product and nice to work with. I will have to go easy with the weathering though...as I don't want to have to reslate the building...
I think the only thing that could make it more realistic is to fit a shower head at the front so the viewer can be gently soaked in a continua drizzle that soon soaks you through!

The station looks superb - I agree that card seems to work well in 2mm - maybe the texture is a bit softer for the sort of impression we are aiming at? The moulded plasticard can seem a bit OTT sometimes, even if its actually correct.

The last shot of the 37 over the quayside wall is my favourite - I've always had a hankering for a bit of a dock scene in my layouts!

I think the only thing that could make it more realistic is to fit a shower head at the front so the viewer can be gently soaked in a continua drizzle that soon soaks you through!The station looks superb - I agree that card seems to work well in 2mm - maybe the texture is a bit softer for the sort of impression we are aiming at? The moulded plasticard can seem a bit OTT sometimes, even if its actually correct.The last shot of the 37 over the quayside wall is my favourite - I've always had a hankering for a bit of a dock scene in my layouts!


Thanks Tom - like the shower head suggestion! I do have quite a few shots of KoL bathed in blue sky...but peeps always seem to associate it with rain, hence the revised backscene this time around...
Stunning!

Stunning!


Many thanks GJ - I see you are a fan of KoL station...me too!

Many thanks GJ - I see you are a fan of KoL station...me too!


It's a fascinating spot which I particularly like due to its harbourside location (I've always thought that rail and ships were a good mix). I have a sketch of a simplified KoL here next to me (literally on the back of an envelope) that I was mulling over perhaps building at some stage, but I think that in your version here you have managed to distill it down to its essential minimum. Your track looks fantastic; so much better than PECO setrack ;)

It's a fascinating spot which I particularly like due to its harbourside location (I've always thought that rail and ships were a good mix). I have a sketch of a simplified KoL here next to me (literally on the back of an envelope) that I was mulling over perhaps building at some stage, but I think that in your version here you have managed to distill it down to its essential minimum. Your track looks fantastic; so much better than PECO setrack ;)


Thanks again - I guess it's more of an extract of KoL as I wanted to take the 4 basic elements (station, ramp, bridge, harbour side) and see if it could be modelled but still be recognised as Kyle in its stripped down form, as there are a lot of KoL layouts which build the original quite complicated trackplan. Remember that this layout originally was designed to fit into a boxfile as it was flown to the UK and exhibited in 2010 so it needed to be quite minimal to get in my hand luggage!! Yes, the 2mmFS easitrac is a vast improvement on Peco...if you don't need turnouts, then most modern RTR N gauge will run on it without problems.
When I first saw a schematic of the 1902 track layout at KoL, my eyes watered at its complexity. It's intriguing just how much an actual location can be abbreviated in a model, yet still be identifiable as that place. I believe that your 'sripped down' version of KoL still has a more complex track layout than this side of the real station has today ;)

When I first saw a schematic of the 1902 track layout at KoL, my eyes watered at its complexity. It's intriguing just how much an actual location can be abbreviated in a model, yet still be identifiable as that place. I believe that your 'sripped down' version of KoL still has a more complex track layout than this side of the real station has today ;)


Absolutely - Whilst these days my modelling interests are more in trying to capture real places than fiction, its difficult to get it completely nailed down as things were always changing....that said, if someone can recognise a location from what I have modelled, or can remember standing on that platform etc...then I am more than happy!

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